Kim Yong grew up as an orphan in North Korea. His orphanage was a mansion, filled with the sons and daughters of dead North Korean war heroes. Kim hoped to honor his father’s legacy through his fierce patriotism. Every winter’s day, he meticulously brushed the snow from a statue of then-North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il.
But then, police came and dragged him to a labor camp. They said his father had been a spy for the CIA. And although he’d not seen his dad since he was three, they sent him to a labor camp. Not until he saw a friend beaten to death did he finally shift blame from his father – to the regime.
Normally on the Conversation news quiz, we ask about things that you would have heard on our show that week. Today on our special pledge drive edition, we are going to change it up a little bit. A listener still gets to play but we won’t just be asking about this week’s news and they won’t be on their own. One lucky listener is going to have some help from trivia master Ken Jennings.
In 1950 L. Ron Hubbard published "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" and 3 years later he founded the first church of Scientology. Ross Reynolds talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Lawrence Wright about his detailed history of Scientology, "Going Clear."
As we try and raise funds for our station, the legislators in Olympia are still at odds over their own budget. Ross Reynolds catches up on the latest news out of the state capitol with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.
It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. State Senate leaders respond to the governor's spending proposal with a plan of their own, Seattle and Sacramento press the NBA for a franchise and the Fourth of July fireworks fizzle. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Proops is a comedian who is best known for his appearances on the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In addition to his stand-up and improv work, he’s acted in film and television and has done voice work for such projects as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and Bob the Builder. Greg is currently the host of the weekly podcast The Smartest Man In The World, a podcast he records live around the US and parts of Europe.
Can we all become more competitive? Journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman argue yes. In their new book, "Top Dog," they use science to analyze the drive to win in each of us, including how to tip the scales in your favor.
A recent trend has emerged in Seattle’s single family neighborhoods: new houses, on undersized lots. The trend came about after developers discovered a loophole — or what some call an opportunity — to get exceptions for undersized lots established as separate building sites before 1957. Some of these new houses popped up in what neighbors assumed was just a backyard. Some of them are three stories high. Ross Reynolds talks with Montlake resident Erin Miller who hopes to put an end to this trend and breaks down the argument with Roger Valdez and Mark Hinshaw.
We bring you more of our favorite Weekday guests this hour as our spring membership drive rolls on. Earlier this year we spoke with the team behind Seattle sketch comedy show, The 206. We listen back to our conversation with Almost Live! alums John Keister and Pat Cashman and 206-er Chris Cashman. The show premiered on KING 5 in January and returns from a brief hiatus later this month.
Our spring membership drive continues with two of our favorite recent interviews. First, we listen back to our conversation with actor and comedian David Alan Grier. He joined us in the studio to talk about his 30-year career in entertainment, from the theater to television's "In Living Color" to Broadway. Then, we revisit our talk with restaurateur Eddie Huang about food, hip-hop and the experience of growing up a first-generation immigrant in the US.
Daniel McGowan is a convicted terrorist. That means we can't sympathize with him, right? Not so fast, says filmmaker Marshall Curry. His documentary, "If A Tree Falls," paints an intimate portrait of the man who used arson as political protest with the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI considers America's number one domestic terrorist threat.
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Eric Whitacre is as close as a choral composer can be to a superstar. He sees lots of fan videos on YouTube of people singing his songs. That got him wondering. What would happen if he got all those people singing together, at the same time, on the Internet? This is how Eric Whitacre created the world’s largest virtual choir.
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Skulls are potent symbols of death, life and danger, and they also can tell a fascinating story about natural history. Ross Reynolds talks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book about skulls and a man that obsessively collects them.
It’s estimated that about 8.2 percent of US households don’t use bank accounts. Not only that — 20.1 percent of households are considered “underbanked,” meaning they use bank accounts but still opt for payday loans, check-cashing services and other alternatives. This is according to a recent survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
So why aren’t people using banks? Ross Reynolds talks to some of the un- and underbanked.
There’s been a lot of buzz about wearable technology — computing capabilities you can wear — for at least a decade. Digital wrist bands that monitor physical activity are becoming more common. Products like Google Glass, Apple iWatch and Nike+ FuelBand are in the pipeline. The problem is, in terms of fashion, wearable tech has always been a little too geeky. But that may be changing.